The pandemic has transformed all of us into experts in vaccines and basic immunology, including those far removed from scientific knowledge.
Everyone talks about messenger RNA, vaccine platforms, the reliability of this or that institute, and many even allow themselves to be suspicious of the type or frequency of vaccination.
A quasi delusional attitude that sometimes leads to “flat-earthers” and extreme anti-vaccine totalitarian positions.
Nevertheless, human vaccines arrived and were also applied to a much more restricted ark of zoo animals, among which are some older cats and primates.
Nevertheless, for the application of doses against COVID-19 have left aside two creatures much closer to the core of the problem: domestic dogs and cats, on which countless conjectures have been spared.
While technically a cat and dog vaccine is feasible, the big question would be Is it useful? And what is much more important, is it necessary?
Several research teams claim that they are capable of developing promising vaccines for cats or dogs, which is more than logical given current technology.
As the development of these and other vaccines progressed and the pandemic reached millions of human beings, it became more and more It was clear that the contagion of cats and dogs did not pose a serious threat to the animals themselves or to people.
The question about the need and usefulness of these vaccines continues to float as no reliable cases of contagion have ever been recorded in these animals.
Millions of cases in human beings, millions of deaths worldwide and no case of dogs or cats is more than suggestive evidence to think that this virus does not affect them.
To date, no real or proven cases of contagion in dogs or cats have been documented and that they have transmitted the virus to people or have spread to each other.
It is useful, to understand this point, differentiate the word “infection” from the word “contagion”.
There is talk of infection when any agent, an indeterminate germ, enters an organism and lodges in it, without causing damage or disease. Infection is by definition invasion and the simple fact of staying, and it is not synonymous with contagion.
Infected cats and dogs have been found in many countries, but their number is negligible in relation to the human prevalence of infection, contagion, and consequent death from the pandemic coronavirus.
Cats are more sensitive to infection than dogs, for both biological and specificity reasons. as well as bonding and behavior.
ContagionInstead, it occurs when any germ enters an organism, generating signs and symptoms of a specific disease, and as a consequence, it also transforms that organism into a transmitter.
Although the prospect of a pandemic in affectionate animals sparked interest in creating a vaccine for animals and a veterinary pharmaceutical company began to work on it, the risk of spreading the disease and of pets getting sick is so low or zero that it would not be worth applying.
In conclusion, there was interest in developing anti-COVID vaccines for dogs and cats that failed as It is not necessary to vaccinate them as they are unable to suffer from this disease, much less to infect human beings.